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Harry Ueno Interview

Date: February 18, 1994
Location: San Mateo, California
Videographer: Emiko Omori and Witt Mons
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1002-7
03:58:49
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Nisei male. Born April 14, 1907, in Pauilo, Hawaii. Lived in Japan from 1915 to 1923, and settled on the mainland upon his return to the United States. Was married in 1930, and was removed along with family to Manzanar concentration camp, California, during World War II. While in Manzanar, organized the Mess Hall Workers Union. Accused of beating up a suspected government informant and was placed in jail, sparking the so-called ""Manzanar Riot."" Was moved to various jails and the Citizen Isolation Centers Leupp, Arizona, and Moab, Utah, before being reunited with his family in Tule Lake Segregation Center. After release from camp, moved to the Santa Clara Valley, raised three children, and became a farmer. Mr. Ueno passed away on December 14, 2004.
This interview is part of the Emiko and Chizuko Omori Collection. Visit Densho for more information.

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Interview location: San Mateo, California Family background: growing up in Hawaii, going to Japan as a child Segment 1 of 40 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Returning to the United States in 1923, working in a lumber mill Segment 2 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Getting married, selling produce in a market in Los Angeles, California Segment 3 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Encountering prejudice after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, thoughts on anti-Japanese propaganda Segment 4 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Gathering in a local pool hall to discuss the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 5 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Having children before the war; Christmas 1941, the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 6 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Being questioned by the FBI following the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 7 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Selling possessions prior to mass removal; deciding what to bring Segment 8 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California The day of mass removal: traveling to Manzanar, California, by bus Segment 9 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California First impressions of Manzanar concentration camp, California: dust and bad food Segment 10 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Working in camp: clearing sagebrush, then applying to work in mess hall Segment 11 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Segment 12 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Working in the camp mess hall: making do when certain foods are in short supply Segment 13 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Working to build a pond for the camp residents to enjoy while waiting in line for the mess hall Segment 14 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Investigating sugar shortages while working in a camp mess hall Segment 15 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Organizing the mess hall union: complaining to the camp administration about food shortages Segment 16 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Accusing the camp administration of covering up knowledge of food shortages in camp Segment 17 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Segment 18 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Description of Fred Tayama, a suspected "informer" for the camp administration Segment 19 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Discussion of accused "informers" for the camp administration Segment 20 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Being accused of assaulting a suspected camp "informer" Segment 21 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Held inside the camp jail after being accused of assaulting a suspected camp "informer" Segment 22 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Involvement in the Manzanar "riot": held in jail while demonstrators protested Segment 23 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Taken to jail outside the camp Segment 24 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Being detained in the Lone Pine jail without a hearing Segment 25 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Journey by train through the Mojave Desert Segment 26 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Memories of the Moab, Utah citizen isolation center: anger over lack of a hearing, censored mail Segment 27 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California A terrible truck ride to Leupp, Arizona, a citizen isolation center Segment 28 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Segment 29 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Memories of Leupp, Arizona: secretly listening to news of the war on a shortwave radio Segment 30 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Memories of Leupp, Arizona: the registration period Segment 31 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Answering "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and being taken to the stockade in Tule Lake concentration camp Segment 32 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Illicitly listening to a shortwave radio in camp; dealings with Raymond Best, camp director Segment 33 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Reuniting with wife and children in Tule Lake; thoughts on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Segment 34 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Thoughts on poor condition of Tule Lake concentration camp, California Segment 35 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Segment 36 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Description of organization of mess hall workers in Manzanar Segment 37 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Thoughts on postwar life, feelings about the U.S. government: "I forgive them" Segment 38 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Postwar life: working as a farmer in California Segment 39 of 40 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Mateo, California Reflections; inaccuracies in the movie "Farewell to Manzanar" Segment 40 of 40 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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